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In Lincoln's Own Hand Emancipation Proclamation

Event Type: Adult Programs
Date: 2/18/2013
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
Description:
 The New York State Legislature purchased the handwritten draft of Abraham Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation from famed abolitionist Gerrit Smith in 1865, shortly after Lincoln’s funeral train passed through Albany. Smith won the document in a lottery at the Albany Relief Bazaar in the winter of 1864, one of a series of so-called “Sanitary Fairs” held throughout the northern states to raise funds for the medical care of wounded soldiers. This presentation describes how this priceless artifact came to Albany, and eventually to the New York State Library--a tale of politics and patriotism, redolent of the city’s storied history as the capital of New York State. Presenter Paul Mercer of the New York State Library will be visiting via Skype.

Location: Carman Community Room
Contact: Diane Towlson
Contact Number: 457-0310 ext 112
Presenter: Cindy Hibbert